Goose Creek Consulting and our expert career coach, Patricia Rinaldi , are providing career coaching seminars that work on improving your interview skills and resume to get you the job you want. Patricia Rinaldi is a creative, results-oriented, consultative talent strategy professional. Who has a strong track record of providing exceptional service and dedication to guiding professionals through career moves while maintaining an uncompromising focus on customer service and relationship management. The seminars provided are a great opportunity for participants to develop the skills and techniques needed to become successful candidates quickly.

In the resume writing seminar Patricia works with you whether you are someone who is just starting out writing their resume, or someone whose resume needs a little improvement. During this seminar, Patricia works with you to not only build a resume using the best language and emphasizing the most impressive aspects of your past job history, but to most effectively put your resume into circulation, utilizing your own personal network as well as resources that are out there. The resume you will create will present a professional image to potential employers. 

Job interviews can be terrifying to even the most experienced people. Trying to sell yourself to potential employers can be nerve-wracking and scary, but it doesn’t have to be. In the interview-preparation seminar Patricia works with you to help you feel in control of the interview. Also she helps you to make the best first impression you can. Patricia also works with you on the important parts of an interview that are often left to last, or forgotten, such as the initial research that should be done into a company, and then negotiating your salary after receiving the job offer.

In serving as a career coach, Patricia aids and advises each client on how to effectively conduct a job search, including resume preparation, developing a personal job search strategy, providing market information on the client’s targeted industry and setting up informational interviews through the networking process. Her success lies in her ability to approach each client as an individual and gear the assistance to meet his or her needs. 

Seminars run at various times May 6th and 7th, and spaces are limited so sign up today .

If you knew that eating a certain food could:

·      Contribute to weight gain
·      Make your skin age by changing the structure of collagen
·      Interfere with the absorption of calcium and magnesium
·      Cause headaches
·      Damage your heat
·      Hurt your liver
·      Cause depression, and
·      Contribute to Alzheimer’s disease

Would you make an effort to reduce or eliminate your intake of that food?

Sugar can have all those negative effects and more. Don’t worry you don’t have to give up your sweet tooth to cut down on sugar. I have a few simple steps you can take to limit your sugar intake.

Stick with Whole Foods & Avoid The Packaged Stuff

Avoiding packaged and processed food is a great way to avoid sugar, as well as other ingredients that are just not good for your body. If you do purchase a packaged product, be sure to read the label. If sugar, or one of the many other names for sugar (sucrose, fructose, high-fructose corn syrup, corn sweetener, corn syrup, lactose, maltose, dextrose, malt syrup, molasses, cane juice, raw sugar, and cane syrup) is one of the first few ingredients, or if the product contains a long list of ingredients you don’t recognize, your best bet is to put it back and make a choice that is better for you.
Glycemic indices of five varieties of dates in healthy and diabetic subjects
If you stick with foods that are natural, organic, and don’t require labels to decipher what’s actually in them, you’re way ahead of the game. Take a banana, for example. It’s naturally packaged for you but contains only one ingredient...banana! You get the idea. The more you select whole, real food, the less likely you are to fall into the sugar pit.

Shopping Tip: Stick to the perimeter of the grocery store where they tend to place the produce and fresh food. The center isles are brimming with packaged, processed garbage.

Read Labels – and Know Where Sugar Is Hidden


Cook At Home

Cooking at home gives you a lot more control over what goes into your food. But you still need to read labels. You’ll find sugar in a lot of unexpected places so pay attention. When you do cook and take a little time to shop smart, you’ll know that your ingredients are fresh, organic, real, whole foods without a bunch of added junk. Need some more motivation? Research suggests that people who cook at home live longer.

Cutting down on sugar doesn’t mean that you can’t satisfy your sweet tooth; find foods and recipes that use some of the sweetener options listed below. You’ll be satisfied, happier, and healthier as a result.

SUGAR ALTERNATIVES  

Stevia (Real)
Stevia is a sweetener produced from the leaves of the stevia plant. It has a strong and bitter taste on its own. If you use too much, you probably won’t like it, so start with a very small amount. My advice is to play around with it and try to find amounts and recipes that work for you. I like liquid stevia better than the powdered version.
Lucuma Powder
Lucuma is a tropical fruit. Lucuma powder is used by many as an alternative sweetener. It’s low in sugar and contains carotenes, vitamin B3, niacin, and iron.



Date Paste
Date paste is a good alternative sweetener because it contains fiber and beneficial nutrients like B-vitamins and iron. Though dates are high in natural sugars, a 2011 study published in the Nutritional Journal, showed that consuming dates did not result in a significant spike in blood sugar.

Raw Honey, Grade B Maple Syrup, and Unsweetened Apple Butter (In Limited Amounts)
These alternatives are still really just a form of sugar, but are considered better options as they have not been highly processed and contain some health benefits as well. For example, raw honey contains beneficial enzymes whereas more processed honey products don’t. Just remember not to overdo it --- they are great choices, in limited amounts.

Note: Never give raw honey to infants under the age of one, as it may cause infant botulism, a gastrointestinal sickness caused by exposure to bacterial spores.

REFERENCES:
Is sugar a cancerous poison? By The Week Staff; April 18, 2011 

Gottfried, S. (2013) The Hormone Cure: Reclaim Balance, Sleep, Sex Drive and Vitality Naturally with the Gottfried Protocol
Is Agave Nectar Safe? by Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, DABFM. Published on November 9, 2009, Last Updated on April 25, 2013
146 Reasons Why Sugar Is Ruining Your Health by Nancy Appleton, Ph.D.
10 Things You Don't Know About Sugar (And What You Don't Know Could Hurt You)
Kristin Kirkpatrick, M.S., R.D., L.D.
Posted: 07/30/2013 8:22 am
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kristin-kirkpatrick-ms-rd-ld/dangers-of-sugar_b_3658061.html
Juma M Alkaabi1*, Bayan Al-Dabbagh1, Shakeel Ahmad2, Hussein F Saadi1, Salah Gariballa1 and Mustafa Al Ghazali2







If you were to pay attention to your internal dialogue, would you hear more negative or positive comments?

Many people tend to focus on what is going wrong in their lives, as opposed to what is going well. And let’s face it, many of us are our own harshest critics.

Did you know that by changing your thinking, you may not only improve your health and increase your happiness, you may also positively impact your brain. Dr. Amen, brain health guru and author of Change Your Brain, Change Your Life, stated the following.

“The thoughts that go through your mind, moment by moment, have a significant impact on how your brain works. Research by Mark George, MD and colleagues at the National Institutes of Health demonstrated that happy, hopeful thoughts had an overall calming effect on the brain, while negative thoughts inflamed brain areas often involved with depression and anxiety.”

The benefits don’t end there. According to the Mayo Clinic, research has shown that optimism may offer the following health benefits as well.
  • Increased life span
  • Lower rates of depression
  • Lower levels of distress
  • Greater resistance to the common cold
  • Better psychological and physical well-being
  • Reduced risk of death from cardiovascular disease
  • Better coping skills during hardships and times of stress

With this information in mind, I would argue that making a conscious effort to attend to our thinking and attempt to increase positive thoughts is well worth the effort.

One way to help accomplish this goal is by simply paying attention to your internal dialogue. If you find yourself engaging in negative self-talk, STOP yourself and say something positive.

Feel like you need a little help? No problem. As a health and lifestyle coach, I love to teach people skills to help them see life in a more positive light!

Give it a try…with consistent practice, you might just find that you create a happier, healthier life!


References:

Positive thinking: Reduce stress by eliminating negative self-talk by the Mayo Clinic Staff

Amen, D.G. Change Your Brain, Change Your Life. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2000.




Life is a marathon of experiences. As we move through our lives the experiences of the moment eventually turn to memories of the past.  As time passes we have a tendency to label memories with various positive or negative words, such as good, bad, fun, miserable, funny, exhausting, etc.  When we share these memories with others the labels become the feelings associated with the experience, which can change the meaning of the entire event.  As we repeatedly share the stories they become a part of our narrative in our minds as well as with others. 

Sometimes the experience that was perhaps neutral while it was occurring morphs into a negative memory.  These negative memories can even become a piece of our identities and a way we define ourselves, such as “I am a bad parent” or “I am a terrible writer.”

How can we disassociate the negative labels from a previously neutral experience?

According to psychologist, David Wilson, from the University of Virginia, you can engage in a process called story editing.  Story editing refers to the process of making small changes in a story, memory, or narrative that may improve your emotional health connected to the story.  For example, one may edit their label “I am a bad parent” to “every parent makes mistakes.”  Story editing opens an individual’s mind for the possibility of change.

To try the story editing process, Wilson recommends writing about the negative memory for 15 minutes per day for four days.  Wilson’s theory is the more you write about a negative memory the more you may be able to make sense of it and be able to move past the troubling thoughts and labels.

Reference:
Editing Your Life's Stories Can Create Happier Endings


“The general belief is that there are health benefits to owning pets, both in terms of psychological growth and development, as well as physical health benefits.”
-Dr. James Griffin

People love their pets. And why wouldn’t they? Pets provide us with unconditional love, companionship, and joy. But did you know that pets are also good for your emotional and physical health?
According to the Center for Disease Control, pets can help decrease blood pressure, cholesterol levels, and triglyceride levels, and increase opportunities for exercise and socialization.
Pets are good for children’s health as well. According to research presented on WebMD, kids raised with pets tend to have a reduced risk of developing allergies. In addition, pets can help teach kids about responsibility in a fun way.
So, if you have a pet, be sure to take good care of him because he’s certainly taking care of you!
References:
Can Pets Help Keep You Healthy? Exploring the Human-Animal Bond, National Institutes of Health Department of Health and Human Services, February 2009
Pets May Prevent Allergies in Kids: Early Exposure Found to Reduce Later Risk in Children, Sid Kirchheimer, WebMD, Health News



The body has an incredible ability to heal from insult and injury. But the truth is, the better we care for our bodies and brains, the more likely we are to live long, high quality lives.

One approach that I take to stay healthy and help my body’s healing process, is to consume the following detoxing must-haves. Each one naturally assists the body in ridding itself of toxins. Get the junk out and put the goodness in!

LemonLemon is a natural detoxifier.  Though it has a bitter taste, lemon actually has an alkalizing effect on the body, which helps maintain a balanced pH and supports a healthy gut. A healthy gut is critical to the body’s elimination process, which is key in its ability to rid itself of toxins.
I add lemon to all kinds of things; dressings, tea, green juices, etc. Try adding fresh lemon to sparking water for a simple and refreshing summer drink.

FiberFiber is critical to a healthy elimination process. It also helps keep you feeling full and satisfied. Fiber can easily be added to the diet by consuming plenty of fresh vegetables, as well as flax and chia seeds. Chia seeds can be added whole to a variety of foods and smoothies. To get the full benefit from flax, be sure to use it ground. It can be purchased ground or you can easily grind it yourself with a coffee grinder. For additional fiber, try adding a tablespoon of psyllium husk to smoothies.

Milk ThistleThe liver is an amazing organ that plays a key role in removing toxins from the body, which is why milk thistle is on my list. Milk thistle is an herb that has been shown to have protective and healing benefits to the liver. I take a supplement that contains milk thistle and some other ingredients that are beneficial to the liver.

WaterSo simple, yet so powerful. Drinking purified water is a must when it comes to maintaining optimal health and wellness. Your body needs water to help flush out all the bad stuff. Try to get at least ½ your weight in ounces per day. For example, if your 150 pounds, drink at least 75 ounces or about 9 cups per day.

ProbioticsAs previously mentioned, the health of your digestive tract directly impacts your body’s ability to effectively eliminate toxins. Probiotics are live microorganisms (also referred to as healthy bacteria) that we want in our intestines. They’re magical little guys and, among other things, promote healthy digestive function. You can get probiotics from food (such as yogurt, kombucha tea, and other fermented foods and drinks) or supplements.

GingerGinger helps flush toxins for the body. What’s more, ginger has been shown to help improve digestion and boost metabolism. It’s also delightful in green juices!